Saturday, February 11, 2012

Neighbor Appreciation Day: Fire Station 39 open house today (Saturday)

In celebration of Neighbor Appreciation Day today, our own neighborhood Seattle Fire Station 39 will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  More info here.

From the City of Seattle:

The Department of Neighborhoods is sponsoring the 18th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day on Saturday, February 11, 2012. The purpose of this day is to “reach out, create new bonds, and express thanks to those who live or work around us.”

Several Seattle Fire Stations will participate again this year by hosting community members on Neighbor Appreciation Day.

Stop by and say hi to the neighbors that work hard to keep us safe. They'd probably appreciate a plate of home-baked cookies.

Here are other ideas from the city website for Neighbor Appreciation Day.

Join in a neighborhood service project:
  • Clean up a nearby park: Contact Seattle Parks and Recreation for information at (206) 684-8028 or email ParksVolunteer@Seattle.Gov
  • Paint a fence, rake leaves or other yard cleanup - especially of a senior adult or disabled neighbor
  • Plant a tree or some native plants
  • Build a garden box for this spring's plantings
  • Clean up a sidewalk for an easier walking path
  • Work with a local school or non-profit organization
  • Have a neighborhood clean-up
Organize a neighborhood event:
  • Organize a Block Watch, a program of Seattle Police Department: Click here for tools and information.  
  • Hold a neighborhood  food or clothing drive
  • Have a neighborhood BBQ, potluck, pancake breakfast or spaghetti feed
  • Organize a SNAP (Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepared) meeting. Click here for tools and information.
  • Organize a game or sporting event
  • Have a block party
  • Invite neighbors over for dessert
  • Have an emergency preparedness meeting with your neighbors
  • Organize a neighborhood rummage or garage sale
Other Possible Ideas:
  • Go for a bike ride with your neighbor and check out the local scenery
  • Stop by your local Fire station and meet the crew.
  • Find other neighbors who play instruments and play music or start a band
  • Go for a hike with some neighbors
  • Hold a voter registration drive
  • Have a progressive event: do a progressive dinner or a progressive work party
  • Have a cookie exchange or dessert party
  • Hold a 'Stencil a Storm Drain' party.  Click here for more information.
  • Hold a bake sale for charity or to raise money for a neighborhood project
  • Visit your local park with a neighbor
  • Have a treasure hunt in your neighborhood
  • Have a book exchange

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